By RICK PETERSON
Seniors Haley Carpenter and Adisyn Caryl posted a perfect 4-0 record on the day to claim the No. 1 doubles championship in Wednesday's Topeka High Invitational at the Kossover Tennis Center, leading the Trojans to a strong second-place finish in the eight-school tournament.
Carpenter and Caryl, who have qualified twice for the Class 6A state meet as a doubles team, improved to 14-1 on the 2022 season, capping their championship run with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Olathe East's Abbi Linn and Hayse Fitzgerald in the final.
Linn and Fitzgerald jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead over Carpenter and Caryl in the first set, but the Topeka High standouts quickly turned the match around, winning 12 of the final 15 games.
"It wasn't our goal to get down 3-0, but it just happened and it's like you can't really get upset or dwell on it, you just have to start playing your game and get back ahead,'' Carpenter said.
"I think we played some teams that weren't as good as Olathe East and then they played us and we knew we had to pick it up just a little bit, and we did from then on,'' Caryl said.
Topeka High was in the hunt for the team championship until the final two matches of the tournament before coming up short to Olathe East, 31-28.
The Trojans got a pair of second-place finishes from freshman Madeline Deters in No. 1 singles and junior Ke Ni in No. 2 singles.
Deters dropped a 7-6, 6-2 decision to Olathe East's Tori Prettejohn in the No. 1 singles championship match while Ni lost a tight decision in the No. 2 final to East's Henley Hlasney, who took a 3-6, 6-1, 10-8 decision.
Topeka High seniors Alesia Alvarez and Carter Johnson finished third in No. 2 doubles, taking a 6-4, 6-1 win over Shawnee Heights' Addison Bryant and Else Strickland in the third-place match.
Olathe East 31, Topeka High 28, Lawrence 24, Wichita Southeast 15, Junction City 13, Shawnee Heights 12, Topeka West 12, Highland Park 9.
No. 1 -- Championship: Tori Prettejohn, Olathe East, def. Madeline Deters, Topeka High, 7-6, 6-2. Third: Mallory Martinez, Wichita Southeast, def. Channing Saint Onge, Lawrence, 6-3, 6-4.
No. 2 -- Championship: Henley Hlasney, Olathe East, def. Ke Ni, Topeka High, 3-6, 6-1, 10-8. Third: Emily Brandt, Lawrence, def. Julia Cho, Junction City, 6-1, 6-1.
No. 1 -- Championship: Haley Carpenter/Adisyn Caryl, Topeka High, def. Abbi Linn/Hayse Fitzgerald, Olathe East, 6-4, 6-2. Third: Abby Marsh/Fioni Bini, Lawrence, def. Lauren Ounaphom/Jamie Jimenez, Wichita Southeast, 6-1, 6-2.
No. 2 -- Championship: Annie Kapple/Ally Kapple, Olathe East, def. Harper Jay/Karen Meddleton, Lawrence, 1-6, 6-1, 10-7. Third: Alesia Alvarez/Carter Johnston, Topeka High, def. Addison Bryant/Else Strickland, Shawnee Heights, 6-4, 6-1.